Herald: MLAs score but don’t sweep
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MLAs score but don’t sweep

14 Jun 2017 06:40am IST
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14 Jun 2017 06:40am IST
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MLAs hold sway in North, while South shows some independence; BJP happy as results an improvement from the Assembly polls; Congress too claims its members have won

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PANJIM: MLAs in North Goa showed who was in control of the panchayats in their respective constituencies by getting their candidates elected almost in all panchayats, while in South Goa it was not such a sweep, with many candidates who were not supported by MLAs getting elected.

After days of controversy and court cases that went up to the Supreme Court, the result of 175 village panchayats were declared on Tuesday. 

Even though the elections were not fought on party lines, many political parties and MLAs had thrown their weight behind candidates. However, no sooner were the results declared, political parties rushed to claim victory. 

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that most panchayats were won by BJP workers. BJP office bearers also announced that the party panels and their workers had a clean sweep. Sources said the party is happy, as the results are better than the Goa Assembly election results for them. Many of the winners met Parrikar at Altinho in the evening.

However, State Congress President Luizinho Faleiro expressed happiness over the results and claimed that across the State people have voted in favour of the Congress as members of the party have been elected.

Interestingly, MLAs who received flak on social media for supporting the BJP government a couple of months ago fared very well. Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, WRD Minister Vinod Palyekar and Housing Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar claimed to have swept the elections.

Salgaonkar said, “This is the mandate of the people to our decision which many had criticised two months back.” Palyekar said, “People understand the need of the hour and have rightly voted the candidates to take Goa forward.”

Similar was the case with former Valpoi MLA and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, whose panels have swept the polls in Sattari.

In Calangute, MLA Michael Lobo gained absolute control after his panels won in all four panchayats of Calangute, Candolim, Arpora and Parra.

While, North Goa saw a possible impact of heavyweights on the panchayats in their respective constituencies, South Goa saw an unclear picture in the panchayat results. 

Only some MLAs managed to retain their hold over the panchayats as the district has given more independent candidates as many winners in South Goa claim to be independents without any political party support.

Opposition leader Babu Kavalekar and GTDC chairman Nilesh Cabral claimed victory in the panchayats of their respective constituencies.

The only political party which openly fielded candidates was Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), however, as in the Assembly elections, held earlier this year, the results for the party were not too different.

The results also came in as a rude shock to many heavyweights, one being former Calangute Sarpanch Joseph Sequeira, who was elected to Calangute panchayat six times in the past.

Some of the sarpanchas who lost big time are Urmila Mainkar in Honda, Vishant Babar in Guleli, Ankita Gawas in Thane.

Former ZP member and former sarpanch Fondu Sawant, Former sarpanch Ayan Gaonkar, in Navelim former sarpanch Prasad Harmalkar and Prasad Pednekar lost panchayat election. Sashikant Naik in Guddemol- Sanvordem was defeated by 70-year-old Anand Naik.

Three-time panch and tiarist, Milagres de Chandor, former sarpanch Hilario Figuereido, former Assolna Sarpanch P Cardozo lost. Vasant Naik, who had contested the Assembly election on an AAP ticket lost to a 22-year-old youth at Chicolna - Bogmalo.

Polls for 14 wards in 11 panchayats will be held on July 1 and the results will be declared the following day. Election for sarpanchas will be held on June 19 and the oath will be administered on June 20.

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